The coronavirus lockdown has hit the Indian economy hard. While all the private and public sector employees have been either given work from home or paid leaves following the shutdown due to the pandemic, the daily wage workers remain the worst affected section as far as financial loss is concerned.
Though the state governments all over the country are taking immediate steps like increasing the ration limit or providing free food to help the poor fight the lockdown, various sports and Bollywood personalities have come forward to their bit too.
Accordingly, the BCCI president Sourav Ganguly has pledged to donate rice worth Rs 50 lakh to the poor, reports NDTV. He’ll be collaborating with a local rice brand for the same and helping those taking shelter in government schools and rain baseras.
“Hope this initiative of Ganguly would encourage other citizens of the state to take up similar initiatives to serve the people of our state,” a statement from the CAB read.
Ace shuttler PV Sindhu donated Rs 5 lakh each to the Chief Minister’s Relief Funds of the states Telangana and Andhra Pradesh to help those in need following coronavirus outbreak in the country, reports TOI.
Comedian and actor Kapil Sharma too stepped forward to donate Rs. 50 lakh to the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund, reports Zee News.
Singer Dhvani Bhanushali donated Rs 50,000 to the Film and Television Producers Guild of India, for the daily wage workers in the industry who have lost work due to lockdown, reports News 18.
Superstar Rajinikanth also reportedly donated Rs 50 lakh for daily age workers of the South Indian film industry. Farhan Akhtar, Sonam Kapoor among others declared on Twitter that they will be making donations for the underprivileged to help them fight the financial crisis during the lockdown.
I’ve donated.. have you? https://t.co/gv7IfZjmKq
— Sonam K Ahuja (@sonamakapoor) March 26, 2020
— Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) March 17, 2020
It’s indeed time for all of us to unite and help each other in the crucial time of crisis. Do your bit in helping those in need fight the ill-effects of the pandemic.